A critical article which appeared in a recent issue of The Iron Era...

The Iron Era

A critical article which appeared in a recent issue of The Iron Era is obviously not based upon any accurate knowledge of Christian Science. Even a cursory examination of the Christian Science text-book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," beginning with the title, would have shown our critic that Mrs. Eddy's book does not claim to add anything to the Bible, but it is in very fact the "Key" which throws open to human understanding the spiritual truths contained in the Bible.

To compare Christian Science with Mormonism, because each has its own commentary on the Bible and uses it constantly as an aid to the study of the Bible, takes one nowhere in his quest for truth. Every other denomination has its own commentary or commentaries on the Bible, and Christian Science is no exception to the rule. What really does count is, that Christian Science has again made available to humanity the healing taught and practised by the Master.

Our critic says: "Now the great theorem of Mrs. Eddy's position is, that 'God is All-in-all.' But we point to the open grave, that God cannot be All-in-all." Christian Science plants its teaching upon that of the Master, who said, as we read in the eighth chapter of John's gospel: "If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death." Then the Jews said to him: "Now we know that thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and thou sayest, If a man keep my saying, he shall never taste of death." Here we have the Jews presenting the same argument that our critic puts forth, to refute Jesus' statement concerning the unreality of death. And in the fifty-fifth verse of the same chapter, Jesus classified these same men as liars, because they did not know God sufficiently to understand the truth of the Master's utterance.

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